Poppy struggled with mental illness after going through a difficult divorce. This led to her becoming addicted to methamphetamine and selling drugs to keep her habit going. She eventually was convicted of selling narcotics and pled guilty to trafficking, serving three 21-year prison terms. Poppy was incarcerated for only three years before being paroled due to good behavior. Two weeks before she was released, Poppy saw a presentation on how Goodwill helps the formerly incarcerated. She returned to Houston and applied for a Goodwill Houston Retail Team Lead position. The hiring manager was so impressed with her during the interview that she ended up being hired as an Assistant Manager.
Through her dedication and hard work, Poppy has established herself as a model team member and will celebrate six years clean and sober this November. She credits AA with keeping her sober and Goodwill Houston with giving her purpose and a mission in life. Her manager says, “Poppy has overcome so much from her past life of struggling with addiction and being incarcerated. Poppy always has a positive attitude. She has great people skills and the team members love her.”
Goodwill Houston is committed to Changing Lives Through the Power of Work for those with barriers to employment—people like Poppy! Through our mission, we provide free job training, education, and career opportunities throughout the greater Houston community. Learn more at GoodwillHouston.org.
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